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Interesting Facts About Bersts

Variant of German Bertz or Brest.


German: from a variant of the Germanic personal name Bero (see Baer).


  1. German (Bär): from Middle High German ber ‘bear’, a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way, a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept a performing bear, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a bear. In some cases, it may derive from a personal name containing this element.
  2. Jewish (Ashkenazic):
  3. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Ber, from Yiddish ber ‘bear’.
  4. Dutch: from Middle Dutch baer ‘naked’, ‘bare’. Debrabandere suggests it may have been a nickname for someone who wore ragged clothes.


German: nickname from Middle High German brast ‘boastfulness’.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4



Top Places of Origin for Berst
Place of
Berst Immigrants
Germany 31
Bavaria 10
England 7
Ireland 7
Romania 4
Belgium 2
Compiled by from the New York Passenger Lists



Ports of Departure for Berst
Port Berst Immigrants
Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland 19
Le Havre, France 14
Hamburg, Germany 8
Hamburg, Germany and Le Havre, France 7
Antwerp, Belgium 5
Bremen, Germany and Southampton, England 5
Compiled by from the New York Passenger Lists



Top Occupations for Berst in 1880

Compiled by for head of households from the 1880 US Federal Census records



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Imperial Province of Elsass-Lothringen (497 Kb)

Imperial Province of Elsass-Lothringen (497 Kb)

Alsace-Lorraine (French: Alsace-Lorraine; German: Elsaß-Lothringen) was the territory ceded by France to the newly-unified Germany under the 1871 Treaty of Frankfurt (which ended the Franco-Prussian War) and restored to France after World War I by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. Its legal name is Alsace-Moselle. Area 14,522 km² population 1,815,000 (1905).

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